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This list is for participants in the 2013 Thrifty Secret Santa gift exchange.

More details can be found in the Official Thrifty Secret Santa Thread.

After you register for the exchange, please add an item to this list and provide the following details:

d10-1 Games that you are currently enjoying (and why you like them if you like)

d10-2 Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want - the first game you are interested in should be the Geeklist entry item to catch people's attention

d10-3 Things you like in games

d10-4 What is your favorite style of game?

d10-5 How much do you like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?

d10-6 Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?

d10-7 Anything else you enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for you.

This list will be used by your Thrifty Santa to select games for you.
The more detail you add, the better for everyone.


After you have received gifts, you may add them here: 2013 Thrifty Santa Look What I Got! List.
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1. Board Game: Web of Power: The Vatican [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
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Games that you are currently enjoying (and why you like them if you like)

The Resistance: Avalon
Village
Puerto Rico
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Mice and Mystics
Dominion

Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want

These don't come up often, but I've seen a few over the years and they both have modern reprints. I want to play the originals... condition isn't important at all.. or even completeness really. I can pnp anything missing, just for fun.
Diamant
Web of Power

I'd like to see a copy of this someday. Though it's so long it will probably never see play if I have it:
Kingmaker

Common 3M Bookshelfs I haven't found yet: Bazzar, Foil, Hi Bid (found 11/20), Image, Jumpin, Ploy, Quinto... Jati whistle

Really I'm not very picky. I'd be very pleased with any game from a hobby oriented publisher from the last 10 years I don't already own. I'll play anything once and like to try new things.

I'll add some ideas that are found more frequently when I have a chance.

Things you like in games

Quick setup. (One can only dream when you like complex games)

Resource/hand management an building are well received in our home. As is route building and pick up and delivery type games.

Player interaction (especially with kids games) is a good indicator... but not interaction as in conflict. No negotiation.

Not a lot of direct conflict unless the theme makes it really fun. For example my wife would rather play King of Tokyo than a brutal euro game with super tight resources where denial stings like a dagger.

We play a lot of 2p, so anything scaling down to 2 is +thumbsup

What is your favorite style of game?

Euros, for sure. Card games. Games with pretty bits.

How much do you like:

Ameritrash. It depends: a tactical luckfest, no thanks. But anything thematic. that rewards planning and strategy is good.
Eurogames, hell yes!
Family (kids getting older though...)
Party. (Difficult to judge these.. I like Telestrations and The Resistance: Avalon, trivia not our thing)
War games. Not unless it's your scarred up old copy of BattleLore that you don't need with the reprint coming. Euro-war is ok.
Strategy games. Strategy is great but needs a purpose... Not too keen on abstracts. Gotta have some theme.

Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?

9+

Anything else you enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for you.

My youngest still collects Pokemon cards.

I collect dice and bits... like serious component drool. zombie

Indented dice that are not yellow will be well received.
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2. Board Game: It from the Pit [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:13186]
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d10-1 Games that you are currently enjoying (and why you like them)

Airlines Europe - Wow, a combination of Acquire and Ticket to Ride...I love it. It's become a go-to game.
San Juan - Got hooked on this via the iPad, now we play the card version a bunch too. Excellent weight game. Small tradeoffs every minute, and the game is quick enough to play a few times in a sitting. A new favorite.
Sushi Go! - Very light card game, a mini version of 7 Wonders (kind of). Adorable graphics. Everyone we play this with loves it.
Lords of Waterdeep - Still playing this one. Love the randomness of which buildings come out, which lords are in play, etc. And the theme. And the special Dndeeples.
Fantastiqa - Enjoying the whimsical fantasy nature of this one. It is very easy to learn, but there's more strategy here than I initially thought.
The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus - Adore it. The spooky mummy theme, the push your luck mechanic (falling blocks!), the tactile bits - great game. Playing a buddies' copy, I need to own this. This game was made for me!

d10-2 Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want - the first game you are interested in should be the Geeklist entry item to catch people's attention

It from the Pit - My 'thrifting for you' entry this year. I have no idea if the game itself is any good at all, I'm just in love with the look of the thing. A giant monster reaching out of a pit of ooze...what's not to love?
The Dwarf King - Fun silly card game. Great theme, feels very similar to Dragonmaster.
Lords of Vegas - Kingsburg goes to Vegas! Whee!
Escape from Colditz - I was so excited this past year to find Escape from Colditz Castle, only to be so disappointed in realizing it wasn't the game I wanted. *This* is the game I'm after. Looks great. I'll probably never run across it though. Lol.
Glen More - Played this a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. Then couldn't find a copy. All my trades fall through. It's fell down my list a bit as a result, but now our daughter is studying in Edinburgh, so Scotland goes back up the list!
Fairy Tale - Had this at one time and gifted it away, the anime artwork just turned my wife off. But some of the newer PnP versions look like they might be a better fit for us. And we love 7 Wonders/Sushi Go. Would like to own this one again and give it a spin!
Bears! - Simple filler games, especially with dice, win. This one has tempted me, but I've never pulled the trigger on getting it. And the theme - we do like to hike & camp.

d10-3 Things you like in games

Theme - light monsters & scifi win the day. Nothing too dark. Death Angel is about as icky as I'd go. Mix scifi into alternate history? sounds great. Monsters invading London? I'm there.
Building/Evolving - Let's build a simple empire or evolve a mutant dinosaur today!
Push Your Luck - Quick, easy, lots of shouting and fun.
Plays well solo or with two players. Most of the time it's my wife and me playing, or it's just me.
Great bits. Yep, I'm a sucker for cool bits and pieces.

d10-4 What is your favorite style of game?

Probably a combo of worker placement and dice. Or light city building. Definitely push your luck. A bit of sci-fi or monsters thrown in.

d10-5 How much do you like these game types:

Ameritrash (plastic bits are fun)
Eurogames (absolutely! but not too thinky)
Family (I count things like Ticket to Ride here)
Party (has to be a special game - e.g. Say Anything)
War (M'44 & D-Day Dice are about as grognard as I get)
Strategy (middle weight)
Abstract (just not my cup of tea at all)

d10-6 Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?

Nope! Our daughter is grown up and off to college. No kids around the house. But we still play things like Mice and Mystics or Heimlich & Co..

d10-7 Anything else you enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for you.

I am the King of the Thrifters! I own huuuuuge tracts of games!

But do not fear me. There are many games that I have not enjoyed yet. So many. Games I'm blissfully unaware of. But you know them. What's your favorite? Do I have it? Should I be playing it? I love discovering games that I've missed over the years (perfect example - I'd never played San Juan before this year). So no worries, nothing to fear here! You've got an easy assignment with me - I'm a happy guy, easy to please!

The artwork in Square Mile is fantastic. As is Bob Pepper's work in Dragonmaster. The cover of Lost Treasure just screams 'adventure' to me. I love great art in a game.

If it's a creepy, spooky game, I probably want to play it. The Haunted Mansion is my favorite ride at Disneyland. Always has been. Halloween is the best holiday by far. Monster and ghost movies - I'm there. Especially something like Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.

Here's my wishlist from 2012.

Other, potentially meaningless things about me -
Our family is going on vacation to Edinburgh and London this winter. We're excited about that.
I've taken up running this year and have gone gluten-free and lactose-free, what a difference. I'm in much better shape than I've been in years, but it means I can't indulge in holiday cookies! At least I can thrift new workout clothes every time I go down a size. Lol.
That change in diet means our home cooking has changed drastically as well. Much more towards the Paleo end of the diet. We still cook a lot, but it's mostly meat and fresh vegetables.
I've been watching more and more British TV as of late - can't wait for the Doctor Who specials in a few weeks, and I think I'm the only person I know that knows who Peter Capaldi is (or Malcolm Tucker). Netflix has been fantastic for catching British TV - I'm just finishing up Peep Show now.
We listen to a lot of podcasts on our commute, our favorites are Spilled Milk, Film Sack, Stuff You Missed In History Class, TED Talks, Radio Free Skaro (when my wife isn't riding along), How Much Do We Love, and the NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour. And of course gaming podcasts (again, when my wife isn't in the car) - especially The Dice Tower, Secret Cabal, Flip the Table, and Garrett's Games & Geekiness.
Not a big sports fan, I just casually follow the niners and the sharks. Except when they're winning a bunch. Then I'm a happy fair-weather fan!
Big Bruce fan. Always have been. And Tom Petty. And ELO/Jeff Lynne. And apparently Lou Reed - didn't know that until a week or two ago, when we locked onto that Pandora station at work. Great stuff.

I love this exchange. Opening the thrifty santa presents is a highlight of Christmas morning around here! Thanks in advance Santa!

[edit] Arrrr! Apparently I be th' Pirate King. So the tale be told. Even so, I find I'm missing out on some basic, common games. Games apparently that are not to be missed:

* No Thanks! I don't have it! But Tom and Eric claim it's a top ten must have game. Hmmmm.
* Dutch Blitz I've only ever found a partial set of cards. It would be terrific to have a complete set.
* Take it Easy! Ditto here, have only found a parts copy to date. A complete game would prepare me for convention play.
* Any of the Mystery Rummy series - the only one I've ever found is Wyatt Earp.

This means there are likely many more common, great games I'm missing out on. I wonder what they are?

**I loved the Doctor Who 50th anniversary specials that just aired. Fantastic stuff! Boy do I want these two games now. I may be learning more about pnp early next year!
The Twelve Doctors: Doctor Who Card Game
Doctor Who: Solitaire Story Game

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3. Board Game: GWAR Rumble In Antarctica Miniatures Rules [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Here is a short rundown on what I enjoy in gaming.

d10-1 I am currently enjoying Pathfinder the Adv. CG, Friday, Last Night on Earth, Ascension, and the DC deckbuilder

d10-2 Here are some games that I am interested in that I have seen in the thirft lists...Heroscape (any version) Thunder Road, Survive:Escape from Atlantis, Electronic Dream Phone,and Key to the Kingdom,

d10-3 I like dice and fantasy themes. I also enjoy cheesy 90;s electronic 'girl' games

d10-4 Style of games I like...

d10-5 I love Ameritrash. I dont enjoy Euro's. Family games are good. Party games...not so much. War games are ok if they are in the fantasy realm.

d10-6 I play games with my 13 and 7 year old nieces just about every Friday.

d10-7 Hmmm..I also take enjoyment in all things Dinosaur,Robot,video game related, and aliens! I also enjoy horror books and movies. Im a kid of the cult when it comes to horror and enjoy 50's pulp and hard case crime.
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4. Board Game: Balance Your Plate [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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**Copying (with some edits) from 2012 Wish List entry**

Games I'm playing now with my family:
Salmon Run - Introducing my family to this racing/deck builder game
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! - An older game, but I just recently got the 30th anniversary edition
Wits & Wagers Family - A fun family game
Batik Jr., Monza, Animal upon Animal, other HABA - These are great to play with my 4 year old daughter.

Games I'm playing with my game group:
Alien Frontiers - Fun dice rolling game
Lords of Waterdeep - An ok worker placement game. Not my favorite, but I'll play it occasionally. Like it better with the Skullport expansion
Android: Infiltration - A sci fi themed dungeon crawler
No Thanks! - I also play this with my family. A good game when you just have a few minutes

Games I see that I'd like
Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie - I have the terrain, and am missing the minis and glyphs.
Qwirkle Cubes - Not as common as the original, but we have the original and like it, so this seems like the next step.


Things I like in games
If you can't see from above, I play games mostly with my family. Therefore the games need to be family friendly.
I have 3 daughters (ages 13, 10, 4) and 2 sons (ages 8, 3), so games that play well with kids (but won't bore me to death) are also good.
Small/easily portable games are good. I've got over 1000 games already, so storage is always something to think about (but don't let that rule out awesome games that are huge).
FILLER - Due to the kids, sometimes we have only enough time to get in a filler, so I'd love to increase the games I own in this category.

I know I already have many games Santa (too many if you ask my wife), so I know it's going to be difficult. I'm not picky, and I'm willing to try just about anything, so don't worry if you can't find anything on this list. Basically, I like things I can play with my family and things I can play with my game group, so that leaves a pretty large area of possibilities.


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Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?


I like games from all categories, however if I were to say which one I liked least, it'd be war games. Mostly just because I haven't ever taken the time to play a several hour/day long session. Plus I don't know who I'd play that with. That said, I do like games with a war theme, like Memoir '44, but that's not really a war game.

I like the randomness that comes from some ameritrash, and the strategy involved in outperforming your opponents in euro's. As I've said before, I play games with my family, so that's definitely up there. I am not the biggest player of party games though. Occasionally I do play them when I get together with other extended family who are not "gamers"... I probably have enough abstract strategy games to keep me busy, seeing as those don't get played very often, however it's not because I don't like them, so if something is found that Santa thinks I'll like, feel free to send it along.
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5. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:444]
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d10-1 Games that I am currently enjoying

So many different things! In no particular order, we're currently enjoying Ora & Labora, Heroscape, Fresco, Stone Age, Formula D, Fleet, Twilight Struggle, Le Havre, Race for the Galaxy, El Grande, Tikal, Notre Dame, Age of Empires, Caylus, Memoir '44, Agricola, Acquire, King of Siam, Biblios, Hanabi...


d10-2 Games I have seen more than once on the thrift lists

Fury of Dracula
Aladdin's Dragons
Ave Caesar
Carcassonne expansions/variations I don't own
Cosmic Encounter (Fantasy Flight version)
Hollywood Blockbuster/Dream Factory
Kosmos 2-player games (Babel, Balloon Cup, Blue Moon, etc.)
Heroscape stuff
Löwenherz
Manhattan
Manila
Mississippi Queen
Mr. Jack
Rail Baron
San Marco
Schotten-Totten
Taj Mahal
Torres
Web of Power
Anything by Wolfgang Kramer that I don't own

You get the idea. I'm actually not as picky as I might seem -- just thankful to be here! Definitely look at my wishlist for other ideas. For example, expansions to games I already own or related games I haven't thought of yet.


d10-3 Things I like in games

Wooden components! I especially like well-balanced games, games that have obviously been thoroughly play-tested. I also like deeper strategy. Even though I'm into Euros, I do really like theme. Oh -- I like co-ops too.


d10-4 What is my favorite style of game?

Euros, for sure. Also, train games and strategy games. But a theme-y Euro would be awesome.


d10-5 How much do I like...

Ameritrash: so-so -- I like the theme and action, but not the mindlessness (but Heroscape is so cool)
Eurogames: love 'em, love 'em, love 'em -- it's where it's at, baby!
Family: fine, if well-designed and more Euro-y
Party: love 'em or hate 'em -- Wits & Wagers and Resistance are great but Apples to Apples and Bang! are death
War: just starting to get into them, and interested in learning more
Strategy: love 'em, but less so with abstracts


d10-6 Do I play games with children? If so, what ages?

Yes, I play with children of varying ages -- but not frequently.


d10-7 Anything else I enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for me.

I collect Diplomacy. I love Diplomacy. So if you can't find anything else, Diplomacy is always a good idea. I'll take any and all versions -- even ones I already own.
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6. Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1311]
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d10-1 Games that you are currently enjoying (and why you like them if you like)
Eclipse - lots going on and a different game each time
Belfort
Power Grid - Auction
Trajan - Feld!!!
Police Precinct - co-op game which seems to help minimize the Game Dictator issue with some information remaining hidden, plus the Traitor variant. Also a fan of Flash Point: Fire Rescue and Pandemic - especially the solo play possibility
And my top rated games Combat Commander and Mr. Jack.


d10-2 Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want
B-17: Queen of the Skies (and not sure if it's ever been thrifted but B-29 Superfortress) I have been interested in B17 since I first saw it. Along with the next game, the most elusive of my thrift searches
Risk - wood cube version
3D Labyrinth - because I'm completest and I have most of the others. Also interested in the LotR version and any others I might have missed so far
Hold'em-opoly or Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It - for the mini chips. I got some great clay chips from TSS last year, but always on the look out for another set of smaller chips that can be added to my "traveling" game bag.
Odin's Ravens - a long shot, but I got burned on the Kickstarter for this one angry and I've never been successful acquiring it in a math trade.
Any game with really cool bits that can be displayed

d10-3 Things you like in games
Worker placement
Auction
Area control
While I enjoy war games tremendously, my opportunity to play these are even more limited than other games, so unless it has a solo component, I would have to pass.
No Zombies or dungeon crawlers, please!


d10-4 What is your favorite style of game?

I don't really have a favorite style. Our game group plays a wide variety and for the most part, I enjoy most of them.

d10-5 How much do you like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?
Party games are a "no". I have a number of them, but it's the kids (youngest is 18) who play them, not me.

d10-6 Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?
Nope, not really (my youngest is 18 and no grandkids yet).
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7. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:837]
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d10-1 Games that I am currently enjoying (and why):
Almost all of our games are packed away, so the games we are enjoying now are either thrift finds since packing or games that fit into the small box we kept handy:
Hex - Abstract? Check. Connection? Check. Excellent game that we can get to the table when we do not have a lot of time.
Carcassonne - Another quick and (fairly) portable game to get to the table.
Dungeon Roll - I Kickstarted this one and it is excellent. Quick, light and a very small footprint for storage.
Quiddler - My wife and I are suckers for word games.
Monopoly Express - Another small, light and fast game to play in-between packing and cleaning.

d10-2 Games I have seen more than once on the thrift lists I want:
I would love to see any game on my WISHLIST, but these I have seen on the thrift lists:
Tsuro - Tsuro looks beautiful and I think my wife would love it.
Ta Yü - My wife and I both enjoy abstract connection games. This would fit in with our copies of Twixt and Hex.
San Juan - We love Puerto Rico, but cannot get it to the table enough. 2 Player San Juan would scratch that itch more often.
Ringgz & Exago - Another couple of abstracts I see here and there on the thrift lists.
Gigamic - I have a nice Gigamic wooden abstract collection going and would like to keep growing it.

d10-3 Things I like in games:
Abstract
Strategy
Word Games
2-player or 4-player
Zombies
Card Games
Dice Games

d10-4 What is my favorite style of game?
Abstract

d10-5 How much do I like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?
I really like Ameritrash, Euros and Strategy Games (especially abstract strategy).
I have never played a War game, but am open to it.
I am not that into Party games (though we do like CAH).
In addition to currently enjoying "Family" games, we have a baby on the way and are looking to have games ready to teach when he/she gets old enough.

d10-6 Do I play games with children? If so, what ages?
We play the occasional game with my kids (16 and 12): Apples to Apples, Battleball, Buffy, Blokus, Can't Stop, Get Bit!, Guillotine...well you get the idea.

d10-7 Anything else I enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for me:
My WISHLIST is compulsively updated, so that is a good place to start. I like to think that I enjoy a wide range of games and am willing to always try new ones, so do not let my wishlist limit you.

I also am always on the lookout for parts as I really enjoy PnP games, so feel free to check out my WANT PARTS list (also compulsively updated).
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8. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:295]
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Dear Thrifty Santa,

It has been an interesting year, full of up and downs. The ups have definitely been centered around gaming with my family and friends and being part of this wonderfully generous thrifting community. I have done my best to pay good deeds forward and am looking forward to continuing to do more in the new year. My collection may seem very large, but keep in mind over 100 of the games in my collection are for sell/trade. Still I do have quite a number of games, but don't be nervous, there are many many more that I would like to provide a home for and I am sure you will be able to find something just right. Last year I got a game I had never heard of, it was Magic Hill and I love it! There is lots of great info about me on my profile. Be sure to check it out, ask questions, and even use your spy on the inside (my hubby). I have confidence in you. I am a true believer in you and the magic of Thriftmas.

1 Games I am currently enjoying:

Tobago (this is my new fav, adore it!)
Santa Cruz
Marrakech
Sewer Pirats
Fantastiqa
Takenoko

2 Games of interest on the thrift lists: (in order of desirability desperation)

ÜBER GRAIL GAMES
Amun-Re
Small world (bid placed, auction ends 11/24)
Blue Moon City
To Court the King
Thurn and Taxis
Giants

Regular GRAIL GAMES
Factory Fun
Jambo
Manhattan
Dream Factory
Bohnanza
Hoity Toity
Wooly Bully - blush just got it
Ravensburger games: Ali Baba, Hare & Tortoise, Robin Hood, Sphinx, Ramses II, Marco Polo Expedition
HABA games: Mummy's Treasure, Der schwarze Pirat, Klondike, Monza, Castle Knights

3 Things I LIKE in games: (and examples thereof from my collection)

Light (Pit, Midnight Party, & Spot it!)
Medium-light (Pergamon, Takenoko, Dice Town)
Medium (Aladdin's Dragons, Vikings)

thumbsup take that (Survive: Escape from Atlantis!)
thumbsup worker placement (Last Will, Key Harvest)
thumbsup auctions (Ra, Bandu)
thumbsup trading (Catan)
thumbsup puzzle-y (Galaxy Trucker)
thumbsup dice (King of Tokyo, Dragon Rampage)
thumbsup AWESOME components (Colosseum, Utopia)
thumbsup co-ops (Forbidden Island, Elder Sign)
thumbsup 3+ players
thumbsup plays in 1-2 hours

My favorite themes include fantasy, Egyptian, Arabian, archaeology, pirates, medieval, and islands.

Things I DON'T like:

thumbsdown ZOMBIE themed games!!!
thumbsdown direct conflict (Risk)
thumbsdown economic or stock market games (Monopoly)
thumbsdown trivia games
thumbsdown CCGs/LCGs (Magic: The Gathering)
thumbsdown MOST abstracts
thumbsdown MOST deck-building games (Dominion)

4 How much do I like:

Ameritrash
Eurogames
Family
Party
Abstract
War

5 Do I play games with children:

YES, I have a 10-year old son with Asperger's! He loves games, but has trouble staying focused so shorter games or games with quick turns are best. He doesn't care for speed games, or strategy games, but does like dexterity and dice games. In addition to family game time we often start our game night sessions with a game that he can play before sending him to bed.

6 Odds & Ends

We are a family of Playmobil enthusiasts, I personally have been collecting Playmobil since I was a kid. Loose Playmobil bits in good condition found while thrifting (especially animals or figures who are not modern in theme) would be gladly welcomed. Also spare bits for those few games I've acquired that are missing them would be awesome.

caravancaravancaravan

I am currently a stay-at-home mom. Before I was a mom, I worked as a graphic designer and earned my degree in Visual Art. I really appreciate good-looking games because of this background.

I used to love playing epic games that would last all weekend, but life is just too full these days for games like that. Now I prefer to play shorter games. The sweet spot for me, and my family and friends are games that are around 1-2 hours. I also like very quick filler games that are 30-45 minutes (or even shorter).

P.S. My hubby (and probably most everyone in my family) will be getting me games for Christmas. Mostly these will be new/newer games, but it is in the realm of possibility that some older games might be purchased. It would be wise for my Secret Santa to communicate with my husband to avoid any unfortunate duplication.
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9. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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***A work in progress***

Games that we are currently enjoying:
E Tumblin-Dice (Thank you TSS 2012)
E Can't Stop
E Carcassonne
E Ticket to Ride: The Card Game
E The Settlers of Catan
E Forbidden Island
E 10 Days in the USA (enjoy all the 10 Days in series)
E Claim It!


Games seen more than once on the thrift lists I wish for:
E Pandemic
E King of Tokyo
E Tsuro
E Key Largo
E Bandits
E Dice Town
E Tiki Topple
E Indigo
E Dixit

E Any Risk set I don't already own.
E Pretty much anything from my wish/want list.


Things I like in games:
I like games that are easy to pick up and learn and plays well for 3 people, game play less than 90 minutes, card games, dice


What is my favorite style of game?
Not sure if I have a favorite style, if the game is interesting, we will play it. If its easy to learn and plays well for 2-3 people will probably be the best. We like card games, dice (love dice), game play less than 90 minutes.


How much do I like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?
Do not like War games. Never really have more than 3 to play for party games. Other than that, not really restricted in the type of game we play. If its interesting and fun it will get played.


Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?
Yes, my son is 16..


Other interest:
E Any parts to complete my incomplete games
E Dice (did I mentioned I have an addiction)
E Buried Blueprints Puzzles from the Past (looking for - Tower of Babel; The Civil War at Sea; The Great Wall of China)
E A nice wood planchette for my Ouija boards to put on display.


Special Shout-out:
Did I mention Thank you Thrifty Secret Santa 2012 for Tumblin-Dice... it's still set up on the table, and a day hasn't gone by without someone starting a game up...

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10. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:225]
Sam Phillips Beckerman
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I did thrift the classic blue/green boxed edition of Acquire, but traded it away in a math trade. The heart wants what the heart wants. I've lusted for this 1999 edition since first sight of the oversized board and beautiful colored buildings.

Right now I'm really enjoying Lords of Waterdeep, Alhambra, and my latest Kickstarter Karesansui as well as my newest purchase, Yedo.

My favorite games are Euros, especially worker placement. I love word games, but have many more of them than word playing partners. I like strategy games with a theme, Balloon Cup yes, Chess, no. War Games, children's games: never, ever. Ameritrash can be good, but I'm not a zombie fan. Ditto coop games with villains. Or any "social" game where you're trying to guess who's a this or that.

If a game on my Want List is marked pre-ordered, it means I'll be picking it up at the BGG.con. Math Trade or Virtual Flea. When in town I go to the GWO twice a week.

I do so love to pimp games but other than game-themed fabrics for game bags, I don't need a thing. The Goodwill Outlet has my back on that one. (Unless you have those wonderful bits from Monopoly City!)

My other passion is running my Game Rescue Mission, supplying free parts to all the needy boys and girls. I'm retired and theoretically I have time for this. I recently found fifteen of those faux leather slipcase covers for National Geographics. What a perfect thing for alphabetizing so many bits! But as I close in on supporting 150 games, I really could use more...perhaps Santa could check Craigslists under free or books...some folks are still trying to sell these, but more enlightened folks are giving them away. Any number would be welcome.
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11. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:935]
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Not complete -- but it's getting there...relax!


d10-1Games that you are currently enjoying (and why you like them if you like)
- Lords of Waterdeep -- I'm not huge on it, but my gaming grp is (but I'll never say no to it)
- Keyflower -- got it on there KS w/ Key Celeste mini-expansion and it's been a HUGE hit. I love games like this
- Liar's Dice -- usually caps the night, mainly to yell, "PACIFICO!"
- Ticket to Ride -- light euro; fits a diverse group of gamers


d10-2 Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want - the first game you are interested in should be the Geeklist entry item to catch people's attention
- Aladdin's Dragons -- Keydom; a reach most likely but it looks so good!
- RoboRally -- people keep finding it...when is it my turn?! I want it! Maybe even more than Keydom
- Tumblin-Dice -- I need to start tumblin'
- For Sale -- Looks like a great filler
- The Mask Trilogy -- Tikal, Java, Mexica -- looks fun
- HeroQuest figures/minis -- I thrifted one that basically had 95% of the furniture/cards and none of the minis.

d10-3 Things you like in games
- Almost anything really. I'm moreso in the market to diversify my collection instead of limit it. So new (to me) game mechanics is always a plus! Seems like co-op games in my group get the short of the stick, but I kind of like them. Theme doesn't matter to me as long as the game mechanics are sound. I'm also a sucker for anything done by big name designers.

d10-4 What is your favorite style of game?
See above. Game length is another thing that I care about. I already have a few games that take 2+ hours so I'm not really looking into 120+ minute games. I like a solid 45-75 minute games, b/c my groups are slow. Also, NO 2-player games...they NEVER reach the table.

d10-5 How much do you like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?
Ameritrash -- Like them; don't love them
Eurogames -- love them, a lot!
Family -- no kiddie games; but light-strategy is always fun.
Party -- eh, these are hit n' miss
Abstract -- I love them, my group doesn't
Wargames -- don't bother


d10-6 Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?
- No, not at all. I game with mostly 20+ year olds. Complexity is no issue either. No 2-player games!

d10-7 Anything else you enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for you.
- Well, I know my wants probably don't encompass the common finds but that's ok -- I like the surprise. Even if you don't get me something(s) on my want list, I won't mind. It's there moreso as a guide.
- USE my collection, for trade, and previously owned sections -- TRUST me, it will be VERY helpful. I update those regularly to keep a fairly accurate account on what I have and what I like/don't like.
- I wouldn't use my wishlist/wantlist b/c I rarely update those. I do want those games, but obviously most are not priority.
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12. Board Game: G.I. Joe Adventure Board Game [Average Rating:4.70 Overall Rank:15369]
Steve Fox
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(1) Games we are currently enjoying

Keyflower (beautiful game!)
Kingsburg/Lords of Vegas (just have enjoyed these two)
King of Tokyo (my daughter and I both fell in love with this game. Haven't found one of our own yet)
Fireball Island (My grail game that still sees play at least once a week)
Haba Games (We have a few of these. They NEVER get old)
Sleeping Queens (my 4 year old and I play this once every morning and night)
10 Days in Europe (quick game we love to pretend they are going to become real trips))
Pandemic (Co-op is always a win here)
Easy Come, Easy Go (Daughter has been enjoying this a ton!)
Heroquest/descent mashup I made for my 4 year old and I to play...

So many games I enjoy you really can't go wrong....Unless it's that damned pickle game....


(2) Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want

King of Tokyo
Small World
70's, 80's, 90's Fantasy games
Ingenious
It from the Pit
Torres
Agricola
Jati (tee hee)
Easy Come, Easy Go
Heroscape terrain & Marro
Mini's and Figures for Heroquest & Descent style games so I can add to the Monster data base something new for my 4 year old and I to fight against.
Thunder Road
Seriously though...these are just some games I have seen, NOT what I would expect. I have a certain soft spot and nostalgic warm fuzzy feeling for all things 80's. games from then were such a HUGE part of my life that I cannot get enough of them.



(3) Things you like in games
Pretty components
Theme!
Fantasy stuffs
Sci-Fi stuff
Competition that is bloody
Co-ops that if we lose it gets bloody
blood?


(4) What is your favorite style of game?

Euro/American trash

I like lots of bits and lots of fun!
Also, games with little to no components but AWESOME gameplay!
Seriously, I just like games. I will play all kinds...even just to get a feel for the mechanics. YAY for GAMES!

(5) How much do you like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?

I like them all...BUT if I had to put them in an order it would look like this:
Eurogames: The ONLY reason this comes before Ameritrash is because the game mechanics are usually better. I like the quality and feel of Eurogames fo' sho'
Ameritrash: When I bought and played games growing up it was these. A thousand army pieces on the boards...A dungeon full of orcs....I have a softspot for sure with Ameritrash and it's never going away.
Family: Every night when I get home from work my kids and I break open the board games and play until bedtime. So I am placing this category up here for that reason. We play a TON of games...some stick around and we play them for months. Others that are not as awesome end up getting donated to schools, churches and other kids in the neighborhood. GAMES SHOULD BE PLAYED!
Strategy/War: I'm kinda lobbing these two into the same category. I love these type of games but can never, ever get anyone to play them with me. The first board games I ever played were the old Avalon Hill games. Unfortunately most people seem to prefer plastic over cardboard these days.
Party: I'm too old to party anymore. Plus if I actually DO have a hand full of friends come over we would rather just listen to records and grill dead animals for dinner.


(6) Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?

I play games with kids ALL THE TIME! My daughter is 10 and she can grasp pretty much anything I throw at her. She comes to the twice a month game group I got to and plays games there till 1am.
I mostly play with my son who is 4. He also can play just about anything that's not geared towards someone waaaay older than him. It's crazy how fast you can see kids grasp ideas and concepts in games once they have been playing them for a couple years.



(7) Anything else you enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for you.

There is no right or wrong. Seriously. Don't worry about getting 'the right thing'. We love playing so many different games it would be impossible to not be a successful TS. My kids are excited (once again) to be a part of this. They love sending out a box more just as much as the one we receive.
Also, just to note.....My own list and have/trade lists, etc, etc have not been updated for the last 2 years...

THANKS A TON!
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13. Board Game: Telestrations [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:233]
Ryan Tharp
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Springfield
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This is a work in progress!

d10-1 Games that you are currently enjoying

Belfort - Theme, mechanics, and artwork. My favorite game for over a year now. There are better games, maybe, but I just enjoy this one more than any other.
Pandemic - Great thematic co-op. Also a very pimpable game which is a great quality.
Puerto Rico - Just played this for the first time last month and really liked it. Talk about a pimpable game, this one makes it almost a negative word though...
Kings of Air and Steam - Fun pick up and deliver game with programmed movement. Cool bits and fun game.


d10-2 Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want

Telestrations - Usually not huge on party games, but this one looks like a good one.
Dixit (But you just said...) - ok, so this one looks good too.
Dominion - My Thrifting for You list entry, I still hold that everyone else that wants it has it...
Tsuro - A nice elegant filler that I've played and thoroughly enjoyed a few times.
Jambo - looks like a fun quick 2-player game
Pretty much any good HABA, Gamewright, LEGO, or Ravensburger kids game


d10-3 Things you like in games

2 players (playable solo is great too)
90 min (preferably less) playing time
Euros with THEME!
Worker Placement, Co-op, Pick up and deliver
Cool toys bits


d10-4 What is your favorite style of game?

Thematic Euro Games
Thematic Strategy Games
Thematic Family Games
Thematic Thematic Games


d10-5 How much do you like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?

In order: Euro, Strategy, Family, Trash, Party (Never played a wargame)
My wife (main gaming partner) is probably the exact opposite though - Party, Family, Ameritrash, strategy, Eurogames (also never played a wargame)


d10-6 Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?

Not yet, but he's getting to the age where I will start teaching him some simpler game concepts (hopefully...he's 2)


d10-7 Anything else you enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for you.

I love playing games, but pimping and PnPing games can be almost as fun as playing (sometimes more), so cool components or stuff to help pimp games I love would be awesome. Here's a nice link you might find helpful...

My son loves reading (me to him) so picture books are great - preferably hardback since he likes ripping things (I love reading too, but I do most of mine on my phone...)
He also loves anything Spongebob, LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, and puzzles.
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d10-1 Games that you are currently enjoying (and why you like them if you like)

Android:Netrunner - brings back memories from the origional and trying to get my daughter (9) to play.
Power Grid/Wealth of Nations - I love the economic malipulation in these games.
RISK Legacy - played through this games once before and now have a new play group to introduce it to.
Alien Frontiers - I love the mechanic of input randomness (see below for my defination).

d10-2 Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want - the first game you are interested in should be the Geeklist entry item to catch people's attention

I want to try all of the Kosmos two-player series, i am pretty well on my way.
Robbo Rally would be one of my Grail finds.

d10-3 Things you like in games
new mechanics
player interaction
"input randomness" where you don't know what you have to work with each turn.

d10-4 What is your favorite style of game?
I really can't say, i think i like them all...except party games.

d10-5 How much do you like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?
Like i said above i like them all except party games.

d10-6 Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?
i have a daughter (9) and a son (7) both like games thankfully.
they will try to play anything but some favorites are:

daughter - netrunner, looping louie, hey thats my fish, lost cities.
son - knights of charlemagne,looping louie, hey thats my fish, Mind Twist.

d10-7 Anything else you enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for you.

This will be my first time in the thrifty santa and am just looking forward to sharing the fun of games.
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15. Board Game: Jati [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
Tim Thorp
United States
Granite Falls
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Don't worry, the Jati is a joke... (or is it? )

Games that I currently enjoy:

Arkham Horror
Battlestar Galactica
Runebound
GMT COIN series
Several Wolfgang Kramer games (my favorite Euro designer!)

What I like in games:

Variable player powers
Strong theme
Sweet bits

Euro or ameritrash, doesn't matter to me. I like them both.

I'm really easy to please. Just because I listed the big end games above doesn't mean that's all I want. Only 2 things I'm not interested in: card games (except for the Mystery Rummy series that I don't have), and abstracts (except for Gigamics that I don't have in the cool Fundex packaging). Secret Santa has always been fun, and I've never been disappointed with what I've been gifted. So let's have fun!
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16. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:82]
Tim Cunningham
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Games that you are currently enjoying (and why you like them if you like)

X-Wing - I really like this game and how it can be customized by using the different ships for different missions. I am also a fan of the Wings of War series.
Zombicide I enjoy the theme (who doesn't love zombies) and the endless number of scenarios to keep it fresh.
Pandemic A really fun co-op game. I also enjoy Castle Panic in the co-op genre.
The Resistance An awesome easy to learn group game. Deduction/bluffing games are great.
Hive A great little 2 player with tons of strategy.
Ascension I play the phone app for this every day with friends. Great deck building game.


Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want - the first game you are interested in should be the Geeklist entry item to catch people's attention

Descent: Journeys in the Dark
Hive or Hive Carbon I only the the phone app for this and would love to have a physical copy.
Wings of War: Burning Drachens I have most of the other core sets. Also any and all plane minis.
X-Wing I've just started playing this and would love some of the other ships as I just have one core set.
Merchant of Venus I love old Avalon Hill bookshelf titles although with a 2 year old, the war games are not going to make it to the table very often.
Citadels I've never found this thrifting. Same with Settlers of Catan
Heroscape also never found any of these. I'd love a playable copy of one of the Master sets.
Ikusa Thought this was fun back in the day but I've never run across a copy.
Kingdom Builder I've seen this on the list a lot from the B&N clearance No such luck for me.
Goldbrau or Glen More or Viticulture I enjoy having a drink, so why not have a drink and play a game about brewing, distilling, or winemaking?!


Things you like in games

Strategy, games with strong themes that aren't just pasted on, nice looking components, games that don't take up a lot of space (I will make an exception obviously for stuff on my want list!), games that take under 2 hours, games that do not not take forever to learn, games that age good with 2-3 as that is my most common gaming group.


What is your favorite style of game?

Resource management, area control, worker placement, deck building, dice, really anything but abstracts or party games.

How much do you like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?

Euros
Strategy
Ameritrash
War
Family
Abstracts
Party:

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17. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:151] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Kirk Groeneweg
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This is my first time trying this gift exchange. Sounds like fun, I hope I can spread some joy.

I am pretty easy. I like a lot of different types of games. Old and new, easy and harder, dice, cards.
My family is my main gaming group. Son (12), daughter (9) and my wife. My wife and I like two player games (Lost Cities, Cribbage, Martinique)

Some games I see on the thrift list that always jump out at me (and I'm jealous of others finding)...
- Carcassonne
- Bazaar
- Ticket to Ride
- Harry Potter Clue
- Key Largo
- Heimlich & Co
- Jambo
- Can't Stop
- Tsuro

I could go on and on.

As I side note. I love to thrift games from when I was a kid. Those would be the mid 70's to mid 80's. some I'm still looking for...
- Stop Thief
- Carrier Strike
- Manhunt
- Sleuth
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18. Board Game: Crash Canyon [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:10495]
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We have been supremely blessed year after year in the Thrifty Santa. We are really looking forward to giving a haul to someone this year after some very nice finds.

Games we are currently enjoying:
Hive
Tornado Rex
Ticket to Ride
Tiki Topple
Zooloretto
The Powerpuff Girls: Saving the World Before Bedtime
Web of Gold


I am mostly an equal opportunity gamer we really are happy with anything. That being said I'll try to make my list realistic but I'll also have some of my personal grails just in case.

Crash Canyon This is my current mini grail. By mini I'm not referring to the size of the box but to the desire I currently have for it.
I really do not expect it in any way but if my Santa just happens to have it hiding under their bed - I have a shelf prepared and two kids ready to play.

Aquaretto We're huge fans of Zooloretto, and my daughter told me to put this on the list.

Coloretto Another my daughter asked me to put on the list.

Mystery Express I'm a huge fan of Days of Wonder - I think this is one of the few we don't have yet.

Ticket to Ride: Europe We really enjoy T2R Americas - My other daughter told me to put this on the list.

Zaxxon I have a thing for the old arcade themed board games - I've managed to find a few of these over the years but am still looking for this one.

Loopin' Louie Still regretting not getting this the 1 time I saw it - in my defense I was still new to thrifting and on a high after finding Mexica and Wasabi on the same day.

Catan Or any of the variants. I now have a French copy and an incomplete English edition but I would really like a complete copy - I'll try to list the specific bits I need just in case Santa has a parts copy.

Any of the American Heritage Games with Dogfight, Broadside, and Hit the Beach looking the most interesting.

Back Off! Buzzard Just saw someone snagged this last week - just looks like ridiculous amount of fun, the kids would love it and I'd pull it out with friends and beer.

Fearsome Floors Not that common but have almost paid retail for a couple of times.

Missing parts to games - I am very aware of the Spare Parts list - I've just been very slack in making folks aware/shipping/checking for parts for others as such I don't feel right asking for parts until I've helped out a bit more first. But of particular interest are bits for It from the Pit and a goblin Fanatic for Talisman 3rd ed.

As always I'll populate my want list, want in trade list as I think of things or see things in thr thrift lists that are interesting.

Again I really want to reiterate this - we're probably looking more forward to giving this year as I think we're really going to knock someone's socks off so no worries on if we get something on our list or not - they're just suggestions to lead in the right direction

I can't really say what my favorite type of game is, each has its place in our household. I really dig flashy games with cool bits. For some reason right now I'm groovin' on what I term "toy games" where a toy like object is part of the game itself Tornado Rex, Fireball Island, Slime Monster Game being perfect examples of these. Games that have a play time of 2 hours or less are perfect, as much as I would love sitting around all Saturday playing TI3 I'm a single dad and that 1 weekend a month I have to myself I'm working on my house or trying to do something to increase my chances of being a non-single dad. Normally I would say fantasy based but I've thrifted most all of the ones that piqued my interest and with the Myth KS coming along I think I'm good here.

I can't really place any of the categories as I'll try most anything. Party games fall flat in my house and I really have enough wargames right now.

I have two lovely daughters who are 7 and 10. We play together.

My youngest especially is super into Pokemon cards right now - she doesn't play just likes trading w/ her friends. My oldest is too but mainly just because her sister is.

Other things I'm interested in:
bootleg Grateful Dead on vinyl - I have every studio/official release except "Built to Last" so am always hoping to find Dead vinyl boots in the thrifts - Hey it happened once: still braggin' about it!
Old Dead tour/lot shirts - size L



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19. Board Game: Escape from Colditz [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1497]
Clive Lovett
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1 I am currently enjoying Star Wars: LCG and Eclipse

2 Heimlich & Co is a game I would love to get my hands on! Also, Escape from Colditz is a game I used to play as a kid.

3 I enjoy games that scale well and that my wife and daughter will enjoy. I enjoy interaction without backstabbing and anything that might be considered unique...like Mord Im Arosa.

4 I am a fan of Euros though I see myself leaning toward hybrid games..Eclipse etc.

5 Euros get 7/10, Ameritrash 4/10 and War Games 3/10

6 I run family games nights at local elementary schools so I often am teaching and playing with kids.

Check out my wishlist and you will see a wide range of games.

Honestly I am not fussy...I enjoy trying new games. I hope my Santa surprises me!
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20. Board Game: Aliens [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1982]
Ken
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Portland
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I love the Thrifty Secret Santa Exchange. This is the fourth I've participated in and it's just great fun.

Games that you are currently enjoying (and why you like them if you like)

Race for the Galaxy - I'll play this any chance I get. It's about the unfolding tableau for me.

The Castles of Burgundy - I like the use of dice in this and appreciate the tactical element they bring to the game.

Elder Sign - An Arkham Horror-like story that unfolds in a fraction of the time? Sign me up.

Blokus - I started playing this with my kids recently. It's a game all of us can play together and the kids all like. Insta-win in my book.

Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want

Gunslinger, Magic Realm, Assault on Hoth: The Empire Strikes Back, Merchant of Venus, Infinity,Fireball Island, The Sword and the Stars, King of Tokyo and of course Aliens.

Science Fiction? Fantasy? Minis? All pretty safe bets. I'm always open to any euro (more or less recent) I haven't played or might make a fun gift. I also like old RPG stuff of most any kind, just for reading mostly. I need some parts for Star Wars: Epic Duels I've had a hard time finding.

Check my BGG wish list and collection to see more details - or just have an Elf message me with questions.

Things you like in games

Scalabilty. I really like owning games that play from 1-5+.

Theme. It's like gravy: theme just makes everything a little bit more delicious. Any storng and well implemented theme is tops in my book. But as a card carrying Geek, I most enjoy science fiction and fantasy.

Chaos/Randomness/whatever. I like having to improvise a solution when dealt something random in a game. Not all the time, but a good dose of something random now and then is great. I heart event cards!

Creation. I like building things in games. Cities, farms, space ships, huts - whatever. I like the sense of something taking shape as the game progresses.

Other things I like are asymmetric games and games with variable player powers.

What is your favorite style of game?

That's a difficult question as I enjoy games from a variety of styles. Not as excited about party games, abstracts and word games.

How much do you like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or
Strategy games?


I loves me my classic Ameritrash, but enjoy and play far more eurogames.

Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?

I have two six year old twin boys, and an eleven year old daughter I regularly play games with.

That being said...

Lots of things make me happy. Non-game geeky things are appreciated as well - it doesn't have to be just games. Thrifty Secret Santa is best when folks get creative and have fun. So have fun!
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21. Board Game: Pokémon Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2550] [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
Krista Donnelly
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Beltsville
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My collection is large and fills much of the house so, in general, I would appreciate just a few gifts and nothing in a big box.

I play games with my 9 year old daughter and my 5 year old son as well as my regular gaming group on Saturdays.

Lately my daughter and I have been playing Pokemon and she's started building decks. My son loves everything Star Wars as well as superheroes, knights and ninjas.

With my gaming group, I'm currently playing games such as:

DC Deck Building Game (I like deck-builders)
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island and Android (I like long, thematic games)
Lords of Waterdeep and Stone Age (I like medium-weight Euro games)
Android: Netrunner
Heroscape (I play in all our local tournaments)

I don't really play war games, party games or abstracts. I like Ameritrash, Euros, thematic games, deck-builders, old ccgs and oddities (loved finding Smile Squad).

I've just been introduced to the mini versions of Ravensburger games, specifically Mini FITS which is a huge hit with me and the kids. Mini Make 'n' Break now looks very interesting.

Also, since my son gets upset when he loses, I'm always on the lookout for more Family Pastime cooperative games (I think they're all cooperative). My grail is Snowstorm.

Any LEGO game would be very welcome. We're into re-purposing and creating house rules, so we don't really care about the rating the game might have on BGG.

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22. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:629]
Dave Dawn
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Monroe
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This will be my first foray into Thrifty Santa!


Please note: I'm not too stressed about condition. I prefer a minimum of mold and mildew, and I'd like the game to be playable -- if important bits are missing, I'd like them to be easy to replace or fake. (borrowed froa atimrogers)

d10-1 Games you are currently playing (and why you like them if you like)

Merchants & Marauders Theme, multiple paths to victory, random effects, luck

d10-2 Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want - the first game you are interested in should be the Geeklist entry item to catch people's attention

Dream Factory (Hollywood version)

Android: Infiltration

TransAmerica

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Battle at Sarlacc's Pit

Monopoly: Disney/Pixar

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Flash Point: Fire Rescue

Defenders of the Realm

Pax Porfiriana

Dominion

Ballonrennen

Ticket to Ride

Captain Clueless: Lost in the Caribbean

D&D (the early years) modules or personal designs

Of the dreamy variety:

Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit

Which Witch?

d10-3 Things you like in games

Theme, bits, luck

d10-4 What is your favorite style of game?

Games with a lot of theme Merchants & Maruaders is a perfect example

d10-5 How much do you like: Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?

Listed in order:

AmeriTrash
Family
Eurogames
Strategy
Party (not so much)
War (not really at all - Kingmaker is NOT a wargame0

d10-6 Do you play games with children? If so, what ages?

Yes, these days it is mostly my grand kids and the ones that are up to playing games are 5 and 3 (with 3 more not ready for games yet)!

d10-7 Anything else you enjoy or think would help Santa find the right gift for you.

Take a gander at my wish list and want in trade lists, bits, if you have a gift card for eating establishments you don't really care for (as long as they have locations in SE Michigan or Toledo, OH area). Home baked goodies are always nice (no coconut please). Baseball cards pre 1975 (condition not important).

First edit: Add baseball cards

Second edit: Added preamble

Third edit: Added Infiltration

Fourth edit: Added Monopoly: Disney/Pixar

Fifth edit: Exchanged Balloon Rennen for Balloon Cup

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23. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:225]
J B
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Toronto
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Games I am currently enjoying

Morels
Castles of Burgundy
Walnut Grove
Roll Through the Ages

As you can see, I like to have control of my own playing area And I play mostly two player

Games you have seen more than once on the thrift lists that you would like;

Acquire is number one, still have never seen it in the thrifts
Any of the "10 days" series
Daytona 500
Gift Trap
Hey That's my Fish
Haba games
Survive
Kingdom Builder

And I have updated my wishlist with things that look interesting to provide more ideas of what I might like..

Things I like in Games

Two player, or at least possible to play two players
Travel themes, or history or islands or nature
Not really into space themes, vampires, zombies


Favorite Style of Game

Worker Placement is number 1
Set Collecting is good
I like most Dice Games
Dexterity is fun


Types of Games ranked by preference

Eurogames #1
Strategy Games #2
Family #3
Party #4
War #5
Ameritrash #6

However, I really enjoy Memoir 44 so maybe a light war game would work, and I haven't played many Ameritrash games so feel free to surprise me!


Anything else to help Santa


I like print and plays but have only made a few
I enjoy Legos and have a small collection
I like handmade game pieces and dice trays.
I wish I could get some more of those plastic storage containers from Dollar General (10 in a package, rectangles)
Other things I have been looking for recently in the thrifts are, craft supplies, local history books, genealogy books, and Christmas music CD's.
I like well made games. Kids games are OK as I have many nieces and nephews...and have never thrifted a Haba Game.


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24. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:253]
Pat Wells
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Lemon Grove
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1 Games that I am currently enjoying:

X-Wing Miniatures. Just got an Imperial shuttle and can't wait to see how it fairs in combat
Memoir 44, can't get enough.
Saga (The Viking Age miniatures game) I have a war band of Irish who can hold their own

2 Games from the thrift lists:
Survive. I know that there have been a bunch of these liquidated at B&N. I am hoping that someone bought it as a gift and the recipient donates it soon. There have been non available at our local B&Ns.

Just received a copy from a Math Trade

Battlelore or any of the expansions
Memoir 44 expansions (really looking for the Med/Desert expansion)

And nearly anything I haven't played. I love learning new games! My 'want to play' list is much longer than my wishlist.

3 Things I like in games/favorite style of game:
Minatures
Nice bits
Attractive art
Two player NON-wargames that I can play with my wife
Things that are new to me

4 How much do I like Ameritrash, Eurogames, Family, Party, War, or Strategy games?

I prefer wargames, but I'm open to anything except CCGs.

5 Do I play games with children?

Yes! My granddaughters (8&9) love games.


EMerry Thriftmas to all!W

21-11-2013 Update: As my luck holds, I received Survive as the ONLY sucessful trade in the US only Xmas Math Trade.
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25. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:258]
Layne Lanpher
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d10-1 Games I am currently enjoying:

Lords of Waterdeep
Dungeon Lords
5 Crowns
Eclipse
Agricola

d10-2 Games I have seen more than once on the thrift lists I want:

At the Gates of Loyang
Quarriors (and any expansions)
Ticket to Ride (any except the base game)
Puerto Rico
Morels
Arkham Horror
Mice and Mystics
Legends of Andor
Village
Shear Panic
King of Tokyo
Alhambra

And of course, anything else on my wishlist.

d10-3 Things I like in games:

Area Management
Dice
Worker Placement
Cool components
A good theme

d10-4 and d10-5 Favorite style of game and how much do I like certain types of games:

1 Eurogames
2 Ameritrash - please no zombies!
3 Strategy
4 Party
5 Family
6 War - I'm not in to war games at all.

d10-6 Do I play games with children? If so, what ages?

Nope, not really. The only kids I game with are teenagers who like the same games all the adults play.






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